Rixo showcases vibrant colors in a Goa inspired collection at London Fashion Week

The necklines were lower and the necklines were shorter than what the late Queen wore.

Two of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite motifs – a matching jacket and coat set and dressed in vibrant colors – have been praised by Rixo designers in their Spring-Summer 2023 collection shown at London Fashion Week.

In honor of the late King, Rixo founders Orla McCluskey and Henrietta Rex presented pieces within their 60-piece collection that honored the iconic style for which the King became famous around the world.

Friends from college who set out to work together in 2015, Rex and McCluskey of Dungiven, Co Derry, wore black as a sign of respect at the “Postcard from Goa” group presentation at the Hop Exchange in London on Saturday and served tea and Victoria to guests. sponge cake.

This season, a lot of focus has been placed on coordinators while introducing more structured dresses with matching jackets.

Duo Rixo explained the bold use of block color in the matching jacket and dress collection that has been a centerpiece of the Queen’s wardrobe for years.

In later years, a tailored coat and clothing set, like the ones she would wear in Ireland, were her usual choice, under the direction of her personal stylist, Angela Kelly.

I suspect Queen Elizabeth II would have totally approved of Rixo’s tomato red dress and jacket with sophisticated five rows of stitching along the neckline and down the front of the curved jacket with its elegant one-button pocket.

The bright pink lipstick dress with a high neckline and a curved empire line in the same crepe had the kind of sophisticated ’60s modernist that Jackie Kennedy, another style icon in the lens of the world’s glare, wore to great effect, too.

To explore the theme, the Rixo pair also showed off a pale lemon crew-neck dress with a cut bolero jacket against a background of Ca’Pietra tiles for the “Postcards From Goa” collection inspired by the Fontainhas region, also known as the Latin Quarter of Goa.

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Template prints are becoming a new focus for designers, as this collection features more solids than any previous collection, displayed in bold colors.

The tiles influence hand-drawn prints and introduce new details like pink roses, lace trims, darling necklines, and crochet.

The collection will be available for purchase from next March in pieces sizes 6 to 24 in the UK.

Earlier this month, Rixo announced it was modifying the 32 individual components of the AW22 lineup to be offered in 6-24 sizes and said its expanded size range was “a proud moment for us to take this huge step in the right direction.”

“We’re not perfect, but for us this is just the beginning – with more volumes already in the pipeline. We are excited to learn from customer feedback about our expanded volume offering and use this to develop and perfect our collections in the future,” said Henrietta Rix.

Over the past seven years, the two designers have developed their signature use of “stick and dice” printing technology and have expanded Rixo’s range from dresses and separates to knitwear, swimwear, shoes, bags and jewellery.

In addition to retail sales from their website and in select stores, Rixo does very well in the circular fashion area with pieces from previous collections among the most sought after in the rental market here. They include the iconic blue and white ‘Agyness’ dress with a backless strap which debuted in 2019.

Rachel Hennessy, owner of Happy Days Fashion Rentals in Leopardstown, Dublin said: “Our number one rental out of 384 dresses is Rixo Agnes and every month, Rixo is always in our top five brands. People love the brand, which is why they come to our site at The Internet and a lot of them come into the store looking for it.”